Today’s obituary: Wendy Evans was the ‘Nexlevel’ hairstylist and international educator


Wendy M. Evans, 54, of Syracuse, died Jan. 2.

She was a graduate of C-North Syracuse High School. From an early age, Evans knew she wanted to be a hairstylist and attended the Phillips Hairstyling Institute in Syracuse in 1990, her family said. She then attended Dudley’s Cosmetology Institute in North Carolina.

In 2009, Evans opened her own salon, Nexlevel Hair Boutique, in Syracuse. In 2015, she moved the salon to Charlotte, North Carolina. Evans traveled between Syracuse and Charlotte to greet customers.

Evans traveled to hair salons around the world, showcasing her talents and style on stage, her family said. She was an educator, sharing her knowledge with and inspiring up-and-coming stylists around the world.

According to his obituary, Ashtae Products founder Michael Woods said Evans “…joined our company as a feisty young stylist who wanted to be on stage to present, but she grew into a master educator who commanded her audience and left everyone in awe of her gift.

For 27 years Evans has been affiliated with Ashtae and has worked closely with its owners. “Wendy wasn’t a customer, she was a sister,” said Ramona Woods, the company’s chief financial officer.

Evans had a unique style – she had eyelashes installed on her car headlights and the license plate read “PHD N HAIR”.

“She had a poster in her living room that said ‘In a world full of copycats, be an ORIGINAL’ and it absolutely shows who she is,” her niece Chalea Jones said.

Besides her love of hairdressing, Evans enjoyed shopping, traveling, and she was a “huge” Dallas Cowboys fan.

She attended Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

There will be no funeral, however, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.


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